Embassy of France Hosts Commemoration of June 18th Appeal
The Embassy of France in the United States hosted a commemorative ceremony on the anniversary of the June 18th Appeal, a famous speech delivered by General Charles de Gaulle in 1940.
The address, which bears key ties to French-American relations and to U.S. involvement at D-Day, was honored through the awarding of medals to U.S. citizens who have rendered exceptional services to France in recent years.
Amb. Delattre began the service with a speech in which he emphasized remembrance for those who risked and in some cases gave their lives on D-Day. “The American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer [Normandy], with its over 9,000 white crosses, is a deeply moving testimony of the sacrifices endured by the American people... We will never forget,” he said.
Following the Ambassador’s speech, a French military officer recited Gen. de Gaulle’s historic address before the audience.
The event featured an award ceremony for six individuals for their exemplary service to France. Amb. Delattre presented the Legion of Honor, France’s highest award, to James Townsend, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for European and NATO Policy at the U.S. Department of Defense.
Amb. Delattre also bestowed the National Order of Merit to Major General Christopher Leins, Lieutenant General David Huntoon, Major General Giovanni Fantuzzi, and Colonel Laura Varhola.